Simple Roasted Sweet Potato Lentil Feta Salad

For the past two weeks, it has been hot here in Newport. Our house doesn’t have air conditioning – units or central – it can get pretty toasty. Not a pleasurable environment to cook anything, but we still have to eat. This is a super simple tasty summer meal. Or nice side to chicken or fish.

Air Fryer

 

Roasted veg in air flyer

 

I have a Phillips Air Flyer. It makes french fries, baked potatoes, chicken, and donuts. Today I decided to see if I could roast veg in it so I didn’t have to turn the oven onto 400 and roast for 30-40 minutes. The kitchen was already 86 degrees so adding to the heat doesn’t seem ideal. I chopped up peeled sweet potatoes, carrots, and red onion then combined them with some oil olive and a pinch of chili flakes. Preheat the Air Fryer at 360 or 375 depending on your Air Flyer running it for 10 minutes. Add the veg into the basket. Cook for 10min, shake, then another 5-10min. An air flyer is a worthy investment. Fried foods without the fat and mess.

Lentils

 

Let’s talk about lentils. My pantry is stocked with a few different types of lentils such as brown, yellow, and French. This recipe calls for French lentils which can be hard to find. Some grocery stores s stock them, but your best bet is a health food store where they have self-serve bins of beans and lentils. That where I found the French lentils was at my local A Mart which is a regional well-stocked natural food in Newport.

To cook lentils, weight what you need out, rinse, then put in a saucepan. Add the lentils, a bay leaf, salt, and water making sure it covers the lentils. Put on the stove with the lid on high for about 20-30 minutes. Test it along the way. I’m bad at setting timers so I have guess and test.

Roasted Sweet Potato Lentil Feta Salad is super easy to make and is a quick, healthy summer dinner. Want more plant-based recipes? Go here. 

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Lentil Feta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 large carrots, cut into cubes or sliced baby carrots
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled cut into cubes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 250g cooked French lentils
  • Hand full of feta, crumbled
  • 2-4 hand fulls of greens

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 400F or 300C.
  • Put the carrot, onion and sweet potato in a large shallow baking tray, drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and the chili flakes, if using, season well and roast for 30 mins, turning occasionally, or until tender and turning golden. See post for Air Fryer instructions.
  • Heat the lentils according to the pack instructions adding salt and bay leave, and then scatter over a serving platter. Top with the roasted vegetables, crumbled feta and greens then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
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